Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), while a guest last week on the Laura Ingraham Show, criticized United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for supporting giving President Barack Obama “fast track” authority for potential international agreements including the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Jones says giving fast track authority — sometimes called trade promotion authority — to the president is “absolutely a threat on our Constitution, on our sovereignty.”
Noting that McConnell and Boehner are regularly complaining about Obama’s actions, Jones asks if the two congressional leaders have “lost their minds” in seeking to hand over to Obama more power that the Constitution says belongs in the legislative branch of government. Jones, a Ron Paul Institute Advisory Board member, explains:
When you allow a president to have the authority to bring before Congress the issue but not allow Congress to debate, to amend, or to change the agreement, then that in itself is not what the Constitution intended for this country….
All you’re doing is giving away our constitutional responsibilities. And for me it is just laughable, to be honest with you, Laura, that McConnell and Boehner who constantly complain … about President Obama, they want to give him this authority. Have they lost their minds?
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